The organizers of Jamaica’s 50 th Anniversary celebration in Atlanta are pleased to announce its collaboration with NBAF, presenters of the National Black Arts Festival, to commission a series of activities planned for the metro-Atlanta area.
NBAF was founded in 1987 with Fulton County Government as the major sponsor, joined by additional corporate and foundation sponsors. NBAF’s first biannual National Black Arts Festival was held in the summer of 1988. NBAF’s mission is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. This year NBAF programming includes several events that celebrate Jamaica’s culture and many contributions to the world as it also celebrates its 50 th year of Independence. In March, NBAF featured author Gillian Royes and will feature several other artists that will be show casing their talents here in the coming months.
Mr. Vin Martin, Jamaican Honorary Consul to Atlanta says “collaborating with NBAF during the National Black Arts Festival this year of Jamaican’s 50 th anniversary makes a lot of sense and will help to not only bring the country of Jamaica to the forefront of celebrations here but both organizations will be able to bring a wide cross-section of events to the Atlanta community.”
“This collaboration exemplifies how the arts serve to connect global communities. NBAF is a major cultural institution recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2008, for its importance to the cultural fabric of greater Atlanta and all of America,” said Dr. Michael Simanga, Executive Director of NBAF. “Our collaboration with Jamaica during the 50 th anniversary of its independence is an important opportunity to connect communities and continue to positively impact the conversation art forces us to have with each other.”